Matt is excited to be starting his 15th year as part of the Ambrose family. He felt welcomed here as soon as he started and works with his staff to ensure you become a member of the community here as well. Matt grew up in Rhinelander, Wis., and earned his bachelor's degree in speech communication at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn. After graduation, he worked as a Hall Manager at the University of Wisconsin-Superior for three years and married his wife Jayme, who he met while at Macalester.
Looking to continue in the Student Affairs field, Matt and Jayme moved to the University of Maine where he worked on his master's in student development in higher education. After completing his master's, the Hansens moved back to the Midwest and he accepted the Director of Residence Life and Housing position at St. Ambrose in 1999. In his time here, he has worked on the renovation of Rohlman Hall and has seen the construction of Hagen, Bechtel, Franklin, McCarthy, North, and the Rogalski Center. His duties and staff size have continued to grow, and it has been a wonderful experience. Now an Assistant Dean of Students, he continues to enjoy the challenges of his job and the opportunity to work with great students and staff. Matt and Jayme have two children, Hannah, age 15, and Jacob, age 12.
Sherry Cunningham is a recent addition to the St. Ambrose Residence Life team and is excited by the interactions she has had so far with students, colleagues and faculty. Her background includes attending Marietta College (Marietta, Ohio) for her undergraduate degree in English, minor in French and an Oral Communication Certificate, then continuing at Marietta College for the Master of Education program and working as a Graduate Hall Director. After that, she moved in 2008 to work for Wright State University as a Community Director and earned her Master of Educational Leadership as well. Sherry lived and worked in Dayton, Ohio for six years where she met her fiance and will be getting married there in May this year. She is very close to her family despite the physical distance and loves to read, play cards/boardgames, craft, scrapbook, and enjoy time with friends and family.
Michelle hails from the Quad Cities area and has been a member of the St. Ambrose community since October of 1999. She is currently pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice and has been working in the Residence Life and Dean of Students office since 2005. Michelle enjoys helping students navigate their way through the paperwork, policies, and procedures of St. Ambrose. In her free time, Michelle likes spending time creating handmade gifts and scrapbooking. She lives in Davenport with her husband Cory and son Josh.
Hilary recently relocated to the Quad Cities, with her husband, Brady, and is anxious to begin her first position within the St. Ambrose community! Growing up in rural northern Iowa, she ventured south to Central College, in Pella, IA where she completed her Bachelor's degree in Business Management and Not-for-Profit Management. There, she discovered her passion for assisting others in any way that she is able. When she's not working, Hilary enjoys crafting, baking and spending time with family and friends.
Anjie Swidergal, Residence Life Coordinator for Bechtel and North Hall
Anjie is psyched to be starting her second year as the Residence Life Coordinator at St. Ambrose University! Anjie was born and raised in the Chicago suburb of Oak Forest, Ill., had a fantastic four years at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Ill., earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature, then continued on to earn a Master of Science in Education degree in Counseling and Student Affairs from the University of Nebraska at Kearney! Anjie has been working in various residence life positions for 6 years including a year as a Residence Hall Director at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa, and absolutely loves making connections with students and staff. When she's not working, Anjie loves live theatre (both from the stage and the audience), watching TV, baking, and bowling!
Alison DeVilder, Rohlman and McCarthy Hall Director
Alison is thrilled to begin her first year as the Hall Director for Rohlman and McCarthy Halls, along with the opportunity to join the amazing community at St. Ambrose! Alison is a native of the Quad Cities area, growing up in East Moline, IL. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Education and Counseling at Wayne State College in Wayne, Nebraska. As an undergraduate at WSC, Alison was very active on campus and enjoyed making connections with students, staff and faculty, and found a passion for student affairs. When Alison is not working, she loves reading, watching T.V., baking, watching/playing sports, and spending time with friends.
Brittany Smith, Davis, Hayes, and Houses Hall Director
Brittany is returning for her third year as a Hall Director at St. Ambrose and so excited to meet everyone in Davis, Hayes and the Houses! Brittany is originally from Dover, New Hampshire, and has an undergraduate degree in anthropology and sociology from Plymouth State University. Brittany loves to work with college students and be part of their growing experience on campus and getting people involved. In her free time, Brittany likes to play an excessive amount of board games.
Angie Mullenbach, Cosgrove Hall Director
Angie is energized for her third year at St. Ambrose. As the Hall Director for Cosgrove Hall, this is where she calls home. Growing up in central Iowa, she is an Iowa girl through and through. As an Iowa girl, she attended Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, while majoring in fitness management. Angie is taking classes at St. Ambrose to receive her master's degree in organizational leadership. In her free time, Angie likes to visit her nephew, coach/play/watch sports, hang out with family and friends, and watch the TV show 'Survivor' (I will be a contestant on there someday!).
Michael Durbin, Franklin Hall Director
Michael is ecstatic for his second year as the Hall Director for Franklin Hall, and the opportunity to join the wonderful community at St. Ambrose! Michael grew up in Colorado Springs, Colo., and earned his undergraduate degree in communication and psychology at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. While an undergraduate at UCCS he was very involved on campus, including Residence Life. During that time, Michael discovered he loves working with college students. After a year as an Admissions Counselor at UCCS, he decided to transition back into residence life to work with students as they grow. Outside of his passion for working with students, Michael enjoys reading, playing Wii and PS3, painting miniature models (ask and I will show you!), exploring new places, hanging out with friends, and just being around people.